of the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases next Wednesday
evening, April 8, in Decorah, Iowa. While in the Decorah area, the justices will meet
with students from seven high schools and two colleges to discuss the Iowa
judicial system and the role of the courts.
court will hold oral arguments at 7 p.m. in the Decorah High School
Auditorium, 100 Claiborne Drive, Decorah. Lawyers will argue two cases:
of Iowa vs. Tyler James Webster, case no. 13-1095, from Jefferson County
Tyler Webster appealed his conviction of murder in the second degree on the
grounds of juror misconduct, including that the juror did not disclose a
familiarity with the victim's family. The Iowa Court of Appeals reversed
Webster's conviction and granted a new trial. The Iowa Supreme Court granted
the State's Application for Further Review. The State argues that Webster
waived his claim of juror misconduct when he did not raise the issue during the
of Iowa vs. Patience Paye, case no. 14-0183, from Black Hawk County
Patience Paye appeals her conviction for second offense public intoxication,
arguing that the front steps of her home do not constitute a "public
place" for purposes of the public intoxication statute. Iowa Code section
123.46 (2013). The Iowa Supreme Court has previously held that the front steps
and common hallway of an apartment house do constitute public places, but it
has not extended that analysis to a single family home.
justices will visit high school students from Decorah, Waukon, Oelwein, New
Hampton, Waverly, Calmar, and Cresco, and meet with college students from
Luther College and Northeast Iowa Community College April 8-9.
read more about the visit including time schedules at the schools and attorney
briefs for the two cases, view the Iowa court’s press release on iowacourts.gov.